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The President is elected for a renewable term of two and a half years, i.e. half the lifetime of a Parliament. The President represents the European Parliament vis-à-vis the outside world and in its relations with the other EU institutions.

The candidate who obtains an absolute majority of the votes cast in a secret ballot is elected President. If an absolute majority cannot be obtained after three ballots, the President is elected on the fourth round by a simple majority.

The President ensures that Parliament’s Rules of Procedure are adhered to and, through his arbitration, guarantees that all the activities of the institution and its constituent bodies run smoothly. The President is the representative of Parliament in legal affairs and in all external relations. S/he delivers an opinion on all major international issues and makes recommendations designed to strengthen the European Union. At the beginning of every European Council meeting (summit) the President of the European Parliament sets out Parliament’s point of view and its concerns as regards the items on the agenda and other subjects. After the European Union’s budget has been adopted by Parliament, the President signs it, rendering it operational. The EP President and the President of the Council both sign all legislative acts adopted under ordinary legislative procedure.

The following pages contain videos and photos by EP President since 1979:

Martin Schulz

Jerzy Buzek

Hans-Gert Pöttering

Josep Borrell Fontelles

Pat Cox

Nicole Fontaine

José Maria Gil-Robles

Klaus Hänsch

Egon A. Klepsch

Enrique Baron Crespo

Lord Plumb

Pierre Pflimlin

Piet Dankert

Simone Veil